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English definition of “cost-of-living allowance”

cost-of-living allowance

noun [C usually singular]    
an amount of money that an employee gets in addition to his or her normal pay , because the cost of living in a particular area is high: Nurses working in London received an additional 7.5 percent cost-of-living allowance .
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